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the guy at the bottom who is doing the fighting and the dying." >> president obama needs a person like hagel who dared to question the war in iraq. president obama also needs someone who can make the necessary defense cuts. he needs a harder -- this is certainly apart from what senator mccain has been saying, because when he left the senate, he was all praise. but now he is saying he has serious concerns about positions senator hagel has taken on a range of critical national security issues in recent years, which we will fully consider in the course of his confirmation process. now the funny thing about this, about senator mccain is when he was preparing to run for president 2006, he was quoted as saying he'd be honored to have chuck with me in any capacity. he would make a great secretary of state. something must have happened between 2006 and today to change john mccain's mind. maybe it was hagel's opinion on sarah palin. hagel said "i think it's a stretch to say that she's got the experience to be president of the united states." he actually was one of the first republicans to come
had an affair with his biographer. it left a vacancy that needed to be filled and president obama looked around and found the intelligence adviser he was closest to. john brennan has worked close to president obama antitrust him and he likes him and john brennan has been crucial in all the secret counter terror missions that the cia has been doing around the world including the expense of drone program. this seems like the perfect choice for obama to get his body in there and someone who was in the middle of the secret stuck the cia is already doing. host: what are the issues that critics would have with john brennan? guest: he is the architect and defender of the legal justification for going into other countries and killing people, even sometimes americans, through a process that is not transparent like the rdrones. that is one thing -- the other thing is that the role of the cia is just not well understood. that'll be something that will be covered in these confirmation hearings. host: 4 john brennan, what are his foreign policy challenges? are they the same as those that defen
george w. bush, and i don't think this is a simple and easy thing. >> why does obama need that. he opposed the war longer than chuck hagel. >> chuck hagel did. same thing with one of the few republican senators. after the war started he began to rethink his view of the world. it's not only about iran. the other thing is that obama wants someone to bring the defense department back into focus. >> is this a smaller foreign policy? >> i think it is. you can completely separate it, wall it off from all considerations about the national debt. chuck hagel doesn't see it that way. he's a lot like dwight eisenhower who drove the defense budget down quite dramatically. he believed america's real power was its fiscal health. >> a lot of fire around hagel has to do with israel and the lack of support for israel. let's listen to what john cornyn said. >> comments with the so-called jewish lobby, which seems to denigrate the efforts of pro-israel individuals, myself included, who view that relationship as a special relationship one that is important to our national security and stability in the
and people he counts on to do things for him, in the same way, president obama needs to rapidly can trust to do things for him. chuck hagel in vietnam, a wounded in listed man, himself a -- enlisted man, himself very cautious about the use of force in international politics. he will be exerting, i think, downward pressure on the afghanistan in terms of troops. but i think he will understand and support the importance of financial. host: john brennan, really quick. guest: the architect of the drug continue and will put pressure on both the taliban and ali think they're worth the costs. host: let's get to this tweet. guest: no way. they would not have the interest to be done. >> hamid karzai is set to meet with president obama in a series of meetings at the white house this friday. a new jersey republican governor, chris christie, gave his annual state of the state address today, focusing on economic and back and recovery, taxes, and education reform. watch that tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. this week, on c-span2, we are featuring "q&a" interviews from 2012. tonight, it is the au
advisor for the republicans and the democrats. he is very much trusted by obama. it is said that he only needed to raise his hand if he wanted the job, and, apparently, that is what he did. he he supported the so-called enhanced interrogation technique, most commonly known as waterboarding, back under the bush administration am a but that should not keep him from being nominated -- bush administration thomas but that should not keep him from being -- back under the bush administration. that should not keep him from being confirmed. he is a real vietnam veteran, chuck hagel. that is not what is controversial about him. he is a very outspoken politician. he was a republican senator, but it is the republicans who do not like him now because he supported president obama in the 20 12th and also because of the things he said. is about three things ash in 2012 and also because of the things he said. -- who do not like him now because he supported president obama in 2012 and also because of things he said. it is because of three things. most importantly, he called one of the most powerful pro-is
president obama do to help spur job creation at this point. >> not much of anything. what we need to stop doing is stop pretending that republicans really care about the debt. they are the one that voted for the bush tax cuts now three times. they are the ones who put two unfunded wars on a credit card, and now they're pretending that they really care about the debt when it comes to poor people getting services. that's what we need to stop pretending right there. what can obama do? what we thought he could do four years ago with a congress like this is anyone's guess. >> john: lee, what's your take? has obama painted himself in a corner he can't go any further on revenue. he's boxed in? >> it's all a catastrophe. it's a logjam and congressional difficulty. they spent over $50 million just fighting against healthcare. >> we're talking about the vast amount of american people. now it's being sold as social security cuts as a slight tweak to inflation adjustment which everyone knows it's just a story. it's just a cut by some other name. yeah, i think there is a sense that you do something co
. look, republicans, i guess that you're the party of limited government. we're not talking about obama care here. this was two paragraphs giving aid to people in need. you guys couldn't bring yourself to vote for it because of some stupid principle you yourselves only occasionally live by. here's the thing. if you can't vote for them, i'm not saying you're responsible for all the problems facing our country but you sure are making ( cheers and applause ) >> jon: welcome back. our guest is a fine, fine actress. her new film is les miserables. ♪ i dreamed a dream in time gone by ♪ ♪ when hope was high and life was was worth living ♪ ♪ i dreamed of love that would never die ♪ ♪ i dreamed it would be forgiving ♪ >> jon: she's very talented. please welcome back to the show ann hathaway. ( cheers and applause ) >> wow! jon: thank you so much for being here >> thank you. ( cheers and applause ) thank you for being back on the air. >> jon: we're delighted. i'm delighted to be back. we missed it. i just spent the whole time in my underwear yelling at the tv. >> you too? jon: it'
's pretend that president obama is sitting in this chair. but pretend this is a private room -- let's pretend this is a private room. we need everyone out there to be quiet. if you were here along with the president, what are the two things you would tell him you need to make your state more competitive or all states more competitive? >> i think and i am an unabashed supporter of the president. i do not think all his policies are perfect but he has done a remarkable job of coming into an almost impossible situation in dealing with it as best you can. i can -- would look at the programs that have already embarked on the investment of making sure the government supports research at the deepest trouble and is providing not just grants but tax credits. the focus on making sure that we're building a culture of innovation. colorado is the last three years when there were no jobs anywhere, more 25-34 year-old came to call rudder than any other state in the country. -- colorado more than any other state in the country. we want to make sure they are employed in innovative companies that have an opport
. the man from tunisia has to stay near the country's capital in case the court needs him. >>> 6:17. president obama is urging congress to act quickly and confirm his nominee for secretary of defense and cia director. yesterday he introduced john brennan as the nominee to head the cia and introduced republican chuck hagel a vietnam veteran and former u.s. senator as his pick for defense secretary. he would replace leon panetta who is eager to return to his monterey county home. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife sylvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren and my walnut farm. [ laughter ] >> dealing with a different set of nuts. [ laughter ] >> well, he still has a sense of humor. it could be a little bit of a wait. some of hagel's fellow republicans plan to oppose his nomination. >>> he won the lottery but didn't live long enough to spend it. police say a chicago man was poisoned after he got the winning ticket. a second look at urooj khan's autopsy reveals lethal levels of sigh night. chan died the day afte
. >>> reporter: president obama announced his picks for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to get moving quickly on this. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is the nominee for secretary of defense. a former enlisted man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personally to america's troops. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia. still, looking at his 25 years at the spy agency, some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama, listen to what i'm about to say. >> reporter: a small group
lugar who's not returning to the senate this year. his essential argument has been that you need to engage and not to sanction. he sounded a lot like president obama sounded in the 2008 campaign. but the obama position has evolved considerably. and today unilateral sanctions-- as you and i have discussed on this show many times before-- are the key element apart from covert action to putting pressure on the iranians to come to the bargaining table. and it hasn't worked yet in any serious way. i think as somebody at the white house said to me the other day "you're going to see chuck hagel embrace the president's policy pretty wholeheartedly when the confirmation hearings happen." but he is clearly a skeptic and he's also been a skeptic about the utility of military action-- as is the president. the problem is that many believe that you need to be able to convince the iranians that this president is willing to take military action if negotiations fail. it's not clear that as secretary of defense mr. hagel will be able to do that convincingly. >> rose: why can't the president do tha
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where lawmakers and the president are gearing up for a fight. president obama announced his picks for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to get moving quickly on this. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is nominee for secretary of defense. a former enlisted man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personallyto america's troops. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia. still, looking at his 25 years at the spy agency, some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama -- >> reporter: a small group
. >>> reporter: president obama announced his pick for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to move quickly. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is the nominee for secretary of defense. a former n listed man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personally to america's troops. >> to this day chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee john brennan the president's cia pick. still looking at his 25 years at the spy agency some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama, listen to what i'm about to say. >> reporter: a small group protested the choice monday sayi
to the inauguration and if you thought president obama's first term was polarizing, just wait for the second. for instance, his first term was polarizing despite obama's efforts. his second could be polarizing because of them. need proof? already the president's putting up his dukes nominating chuck hagel to run the pentagon. he slammed the door on debt ceiling negotiations demanding congress raise it without drama and says he's ready to be tough on gun control but remember the president doesn't have to worry about re-election ever again. so expect his second term agenda to look a lot like this. full of overtures to the base which criticized him over the last four years for caving to republicans. to help decipher what to expect in the next four years, we start with nbc's peter alexander outside of the white house and "the washington post" david nakamura. peter, look, you could describe the first term and the first few months since being re-elected as a confident obama. making bold cabinet picks. laying out a very ambitious agenda, adding gun legislation to the docket or you could describe it
't have a thousand years or ten years or even one year. her children need help now. and voting for obama allowed her to maintain her support that she would have lost under romney cities to make a difference. and finally, my main objective right now as a member of occupied boston is that we spend all of this time, we are great people, talking to ourselves, we are not the ones we need to talk to. we need to be talking to the almost half of america who voted against their own best interests repeatedly. and for the same reason that i assume chris was to talk to people understand what's going on and to talk to people who are republicans who view the world differently and to get them to look at their own best interest and answer the question what did they want their own will to be. >> so my question is how can we get to those people to estimate how do we get to the people we need to get to? >> there is this low hanging fruit that is extremely appealing to people across all constituencies and across all parties. it sounded to me like you were saying how can people for the last reach out to peop
is on the snead obama? boehner? i'll tell what you it should be the charmin bears because when you pull an idea like this out of your ass, you're going to need something soft. [ laughter ] besides, it doesn't matter, all of this means nothing because a one trillion dollar coin doesn't solve anything. our nation's debt is $16 trillion. we can't make a $16 trillion coin. that's just silly. we'll be right back. [cheers and applause]>> stephen, everybody. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] folks in just a few minutes my guest will be jimmy wales, founder of wikipedia, the gigantic free online encyclopedia that invites users to write and edit all the articles. it's that feature that allowed me to rally my viewers back in 2006 to save a majestic creature from the threat of extinction. find the page on elephants and create an entry that says the number of elephants has tripled in the last six months. folks, you responded to valently that wikipedia locked the page and to this day it remains semi protected until march 2014. which means thanks to you, wikipedia's elephant page has more protection t
request for funds. we don't know exactly how many funds will be needed because president obama mesa in the size of a faster downsizing, but the 88 billion requested for overseas contingency operations in 2013 is a relatively noncontroversial part of this whole thing. let me talk a lot couple of numbers, and i want to try to get a couple of them on the table in answer to your question, from in the broader strategic dialogue we're about to have. that 88 billion which is about half where we work needs to be added to about 550 billion. about 550 billion with in 2013 according to a defense authorization bill which was passed by congress, so we do have the defense authorization bill. it just has limited significance since the appropriations which actually provide the money are being done on this ongoing continuing resolution basis and since sequestration is still a possibility in two months. to give you a feel for that, 550 billion in the base budget, how that compares to reference points. let me give a couple, and i am sure there will, the discussion. you can look at that number as being
're not talking about obama care here. this is two paragraphs giving aid to people in need and you still couldn't bring yourselves to vote for it because of some stupid principle that you yourselves only occasionally live by. if you can't vote for this then year [ bleep ] for the next two years. i'm not saying you are responsible for all the problems facing our country but you sure are making them harder to fix. >>> steve palazzo, one of the no votes on sandy relief, tried to get underer funding for his own state after hurricane katrina. turns out he's got company. think progress put together a list of 37 house republicans who voted against sandy funding but who have in the past supported federal disaster funds for their home states. >>> a new pp p poll asked people to compare congress with some other raements of american life. the good news is here are foo new things congress beat out in terms of popularity. playground bullies, meth labs, and lindsay lohan. anysway, the bad side, congress came out less popular than that stuff. nfl replacement refs, used car salesmen, and root canals. overall f
. >> the second amendment isn't there for duck hunting. >> i don't need an assault weapon to shoot a duck. >> it's there to protect us from tyrannical government. >> barack obama is getting inaugurated again. shows you the power of the nra. >> more guns means less crime. >> number of people in america killed by firearms is extraordinary. i don't think we're a blood thirsty culture. >> 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. >> gabby and i are both gun owners but we have to do something. >> the republic will rise again when you attempt to take our guns. >> enough. >> the republicans are clearly in a strong position. >> is president obama now a crazed identi ed ideologue? >> but the president may have a trick up his sleeve. >> it was there in his slogan, change. >> he looks asian. >> asian people are not liberal by nature. they're usually more industrious and hard working. >> he was merely painting an entire race with one brush. >> staying classy, san diego. you got that reference? >> what is the name of this network again? >> i orred two urchins to write thank you notes. >> this
year or 10 years. she needs help now. i voted for obama. it allowed her to maintain her support she would have lost under romney. i main objective right now is that we spent all this time, we are great people, we are talking to ourselves. we are not the ones we need to talk to. we need to talk to the almost half of america who voted against their own best interest repeatedly. i was down in immokalee to talk to people to understand what was going on and talk to people who are republicans, who view the world differently, and to get them to look at their own best interests. and ask the question, what do they want their own world to be? my question is, how do we get to those people? >> i tend to think, as i said, there is a layer of low hanging fruit that is extremely appealing to people across all constituencies and across all parties. it sounded to me like you were saying how can people on the left reach out to people on the upper right. i just think we need to reach out to both sides and appealed to people on the very rational, reasonable set of points. and to show the series of fina
'm proud to announce my choice for two key members of my national security team. >> obama nominated hagel to replace leon panetta. both men will have to go through senate confirmation hearings. hagel could be in for tough questions. lawmakers are looking into statements he made about iran. leaders in congress need to agree on comprehensive measures to reduce the u.s. debt by the end of february. if they don't the pentagon's budget will be cut by $45 billion. that's 9 prz. secretary of defense robert hail said what's even worse is the automatic cuts would continue over a decade. >> we are working toward rebalancing toward asia pacific presence there. we will pay attention to long-term press in the asian area, including china. >> senior u.s. officials do not usually use such language when referring to china. >>> japan's prime minister shinzo abe is preparing to offset growing chinese strength in the asia pacific region. he's planning policies to expand china's defense capabilities. other plans to scrap defense guidelines endorsed by the former government in 2010. ministry officials have con
obama yesterday emphasized hagel's government service and his personal connections to the organization. he's now been nominated to run. >> chuck represents the bipartisan position we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus, he's earned the respect of military leaders, republicans and democrats including me. in the senate, i came to admire his courage and judgment, his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. a recognition that when it come to the defense of our country, we're not democrats or republicans. we are americans. maybe most importantly, chuck knows that war is not an abstraction. he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that's something we only do when it's absolutely necessary. my frame of reference, he said, is geared towards the guy at the bottom who's doing the fighting and the dying. >> after yesterday's announcement, the fight over hagel's nomination are still working. t
world view. >> someone needs to represent that perspective in our government as well. the people in washington make the policy, but it's the little guys who come back in the body bag. >> as president obama attempts to put his next cabinet together, republicans seem to have developed an acute case of goldilocks syndrome. susan rice was too much of a loyalist, and republicans called for someone of independence. chuck hagel, however, has too much of his own voice and is outside of the mainstream. while it remains unclear whether anyone will ever be just right for the gop, perhaps a party nay sayers have forgotten the fundamental truth about this nomination. for his part robert gates, former defense secretary under george w. bush and president obama has not. speaking to hagel's nomination gates said, "while there are issues on which i have disagreed with him, such as the 2007 surge in iraq, he is a man of complete integrity and deep patriotism." he then added, "he is also the president's choice." ryan, it has been interesting to watch the back and forth on hagel's nomination as far a
anymore for president obama to tax to pay for his big government seems. he needs a much broader tax base to get revenue to pay for the programs he wants to grow around expand. that is where the carbon tax and vat tax come in. they allow him to tax middle class without raising income taxes which a way for him to dodge his pledge he would never raise taxes on middle class. melissa: one of the things scary bit, it is a silent tax. at income tax at end of the year you see the final tax was. vat tax you pay it along the way and no place you see how much it is taking a bite out of your income. do you think all this has to do with paying down the debt and getting our problems under control, or, would we not really slow our spending in this really wouldn't help us with the deficit and the debt at the end of the day? >> right. that is, why the vat is the perfect tax for those who want to grow government. very hard for people to know how much they're paying it and raises tremendous amount of revenue. if we instituted the tax it would raise trillions of dollars a year. it is also misplaced right no
a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. >>> raw politics now and a war of words breaking out over president obama's pick for secretary of defense. he's chuck hagel. >> chuck knows war is not a distraction. he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that's something we only do when it's absolutely necessary. my frame of reference, he has said, is geared towards the guy at the bottom who is doing the fighting and the dying. >> senator hagel, though, may not have an easy confirmation. here is the reaction today from senator john mccain, a one-time political ally who once considered hagel as a running mate. i have serious concerns about the positions senator hagel has taken on a range of critical issues in recent years which we will fully consider in the course of the confirmation process. he's talking about iran, his willingness to consider cuts to the budget, and perhaps his pro -pro pro-israel support. >> i'm a united states senator, not an israeli senator, but my first interest, i take an oath of office to the constitution
. but a group of democrats have now sent a letter to president obama arguing that he doesn't really need the republicans to say okay to raising the debt ceiling, he can do it himself and if the republicans don't like it, they can take him to court. brit hume is our fox news senior political analyst, brit, so the democrats want president obama to say, if the republicans say you're not getting your debt ceiling increase unless you give us spending cuts, they want president obama to turn around and say i'm not giving them to you and if you refuse to raise the debt ceiling i'm just going to do it, if you don't like it, sue me. is this likely? >> well, i don't think it's a likely outcome and i think if it ever came to that that the president would almost certainly lose some of his administration's lawyers have said as much. and basically what it comes down to, there's a passage in the 14th amendment to the constitution that says the validity of the nation's public debt shall not be questioned. it confers no powers on the president to do anything about that. however, article 1, section 7 of th
to prevent these kinds of rate increases, people need to get state legislation. should it be done at the federal level? should that loophole be closed as an amendment to obama-care, or will that risk opening up the whole thing? >> that would be wonderful but i think it's very unlikely give the republicans control of the house that that would core. senator dianne feinstein tried to do exactly that in 2010. she fought very hard to include language allowing for the rejection of excess excessive rates but the hmos and insurances were successful in keeping that out of the bill. the best to approach this is to enact state legislation. states who have done this and use this authority are showing much lower rate increase than states in california where we don't have this authority. >> jennifer: more of a call to action. you leave the insurance companies on their own they'll jack up those rates. dave jones we hope you get the power to block it. we're grateful to you for coming inside "the war room." >> thank you. >> jennifer: never let it be said that congress let the december trust of the
on that next, carla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> president barack obama is expected to make his next white house chief of staff tim geithner to raise the debt ceiling and the president also needs to finds a new chief of staff. >>> they approved extra severance pay for dozens of lesbians discharged under the don't ask don't tell bill. the 2. $4 million settlement covers veterans which received only half of their pay. don't tell don't ask was reformed last fall. they will take up two same sex marriage cases and it will come under proposition 8 which is to be heard and keeps them from recognizing those marriages for any purposes including healthcare and taxes. >>> the driver accused of killing two people in the mission district is due back in court this morning. 19-year-old david morales faces two counts of murder and several other felony charges in connection with the deadly crash on new year's day. investigators say morales was racing away from police following a shooting when he killed two innocent people. >>> a search for a missing man in skott's valley. he has not been heard f
's a small amount of money so don't use it as if obama raised their rates on everyone. >> president obama beat his record from last, which being 10 and beat 9, i think it was $39 billion in food stamps when george bush left office. hundred billion dollars. >> dana: let's say that everybody needs, "x" amount fraud. 15% however that figures in to. as a country we're not talking about how to help people get off the system and on to a more sustainable lifestyle to be able to take care of themselves. when you opened you talked about an article when president obama is quoted by boehner as saying he said to him we don't have a spending problem. the white house is not backtracked on that. obama has backtracked on something, medicaid cuts. he was willing to do $110 billion in cuts and he is not going to. president obama was admitting that he could not bring his left his democrats to the table on spending cuts. that is why we're going to have another fight on this in february. >> if things were getting better and he has created these jobs, why do we have to increase spending on food stamps. >> greg
are not threatening a full government shutdown. >> neil: what are you threatening? >> what we need to be doing is using these moments to educate the american public to so they understand how severe the financial is. and president obama does not have the other side of his balanced approach. we obviously didn't win the election. it's about informing america. it's making people understand what pat was talking about. what we are doing to our children and grandchildren is utterly immoral. >> neil: do you see banging and no one is listening. let's say you push this to the brink, they are going to say. >> there are thing things we can do. we can pass legislation in the house that prioritizes spending so if we bump up against the ceiling we don't raise it. we sure the military gets paid and social security is sent out. if you take a look at $2.5 trillion in revenue, you top on the social security payments that can be made out in the trust fund you are basically operating the government on 95% level. it didn't have to be painful. now you've cut the rest of the agencies, it's one strategy. another one,
was going to reach the levels it did, i was confident at least i need today offer my resignation. >> sean: if he would have asked you to stay, would you have? >> i told president obama that day i would do whatever was best for the mission. i would be happy to go back and continue to command or if he decided to accept my resignation, in fact, i would move out. >> sean: and you voted for him in 2008. this happened in 2010. may i ask you did you vote for him in 2012. >> i'm a private citizen and i'll keep that to myself. >> sean: you're going to keep to yourself on that one. all of a sudden your career ends, walk out of the office and president accepted your resignation. what are you thinking? who did you call? what's that like for you? >> several things. the first thing is, it's a short drive back to fort mcnair. i drive back to the fort mcnair, i'd come in early that morning after flying all night. taken a shower, put on my uniform headed first to the pentagon and the white house and annie knew what the controversy was, but she had no idea what the likely outcome was. as i drove back, seve
is the wrong man for the job. >> i will make it my mission to ensure that the cia has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe. >> reporter: mr. obama's choice to run the cia, his trusted counterterrorism adviser john brennan, is also facing pushback from the president's supporters on the left, because he supported so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used in the bush administration. meanwhile, outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton received a warm welcome as she returned to the state department for the first time since sustaining a concussion in early december. she was surprised with gifts, including a football helmet to protect that injured head. and a jersey with the number 112, to symbolize the number of countries she's visited as secretary of state. one more big change to the second term cabinet could come later this week. e expect the current chief of staff, jack lew, to replace outgoing treasury secretary tim geithner. >> hillary clinton is leaving. john kerry coming in. before she goes, she will testify on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> reporter: t
to be secretary of defense today by the president himself. let's watch. >> obama: chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an an american patriot. he volunteered for the army and vietnam. he represents the bipartisanship that we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus he has earned the respect of national security and military leaders republicans and democrats including me. in the senate i came to admire his courage and judgment, his willingness to speak his mind even if it wasn't popular. >> cenk: get a load of that. he is a republican, but the people opposed to him are republicans. of course. let's bring in michael shure or epics course correspondent. >> it is safer for a republican to support john kerry than one of their own for secretary of defense. >> cenk: what is wrong with that? >> so much is wrong with that. a lot of of it was that he was never well liked by republicans in the first place. a lot of it a big problem that chuck hagel is he's going in front of a lot of these guys who are saying to him. people were up in two years, 2
be asked. but the pentagon was bigger than it needed to be in 2011 and that's commonly accepted idea at this point. >> jennifer: that's interesting. so that might be a bit of a red herring or at least an unimportant factor but the obama administration is reaching out to jewish groups to get his nomination. do you think statements related to israel are going to pose a problem for him? >> i don't know. i think it will cause some problems yes. it will probably lose him some votes, but i have been under the spotlight a lot less in my life than you have or senator hagel and i have had things come out not quite right, and the question is whether he would have israel's back as defense secretary. and i would like to hear some details on if he would. i think israel does need to rethink it's settlements policy but he would not have a big role in those decisions anyway. he has to help israel's military be strong enough to defend their security. >> jennifer: there was another important nomination today which was john brennan being nominated to head the cia. your take on him give
, should agree, need to agree on every single issue. that's number one. number two, and this is a reality, i've said this before, barack obama does not relate to israel the way bill clinton or even george w. bush related to israel. you don't have the intuitive emotional warm and fuzziness. jenna: how big of a problem is that? >> well, i think it's a problem if in fact the relationship is dysfunctional and can't find a way to operate in sync. george h.w. bush and jim baker had a very tough relationship with the american jewish community and with former prime minister shamir. and yet the two of them, baker and bush 41, had a strategy. so a lot of the tensions were mitigated by the fact that the administration knew what it was doing. the problem this time around on the issue of the peace process for sure is that at least over the last four years this administration hasn't had much of a strategy. it has allowed its rhetoric to exceed its capacity and it has helped, the prime minister has done his fair share to be sure, in creating i would argue to you, jenna, the most dysfunctional relationsh
burnett outfront" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, president obama gears up for his next fight with republicans. this time, it's over his defense secretary nominee. >> plus days after our taxes went up, some democrats said we need more taxes, higher taxes. yes, we're going to get answers. >> and more details about the aurora theater massacre. for the first time, police describe the scene and what they found when they first saw james holmes. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, saving sergeant hagel. president obama raring for a fight over his defense secretary nominee. you may say why there a fight? on paper, this guy is pretty incredible. looks like he would be a lock for a job that usually is one with pretty much 100% of the senate voting aye. military experience, check that box. he would be the first enlisted man and first vietnam vet to serve as secretary of defense, he was wounded in combat and he earned two purple hearts. business and management experience, after all, the pentagon is a huge organization. check. hagel cofou
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